Friday, January 14, 2011

365 Days With Kiddos - #24 - Make Snow Angels

We have received over a foot of snow in the past two days. It is the light and fluffy kind, not good for making snow men and women but perfect for making snow angels. Making snow angels is a pretty common activity for kids who have grown up around snow. Even as an adult I like to make a few each winter. I get the same cheesy grin I got as a child while I make one, the same grin my daughter gets when she makes one.

Now because I have a lot of experience with playing in the snow I had to laugh when I read the "technique" for making snow angels on Wikipedia:
"The creation of the snow angel is a simple process. The first step is to find an undisturbed plane of snow. The next step is to lie supine, spread-eagled in the center of the snow. The limbs are then swept back and forth, creating a trough through the snow. When it is finished, the snow angel should have the appearance of an angel, the movement of the arms having formed wings, and that of the legs having formed a gown."

The current world record for the largest number of snow angels made at the same time in one place is 8,962. It was set on February 17th, 2007, on the grounds of the state Capitol building in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Making a snow angel to celebrate a touchdown is not allowed in American football. Wes Welker was fined $10,000 for making one after a touchdown in the Gilette Stadium on December 21st, 2008. I have to say that if I made the salary that a football player does, and I scored a touchdown while playing outdoors in snow, I would make a snow angel, too. Good thing we are not football players and we can go make as many as we like, right now...


nightowl said...

Cutest thing happened when we were in Ixtapa, Mexico over the Christmas holidays -- saw a family from Calgary who have two adorable little girls (2 & 6 years old) hit the sand the first day, lie down and proceed to make Snow Angels in the sand, without any prompting. The mother posted the picture on her facebook with the caption "A Canadian girl will improvise with sand if she can't make a snow angel."

Tiffany Teske said...

Nightowl, thanks for the story! That is adroable :)